Columbus water rates may rise

Your water bill could go up in January.

Next month, Columbus water officials are expected to consider whether to raise the price of water 3.8 percent, an increase that would be reflected on the first bills of the new year.

To the average residence in Columbus, the proposed change would up their water bill from $42.46 to $44.11, said Emory Blount, Water Works senior vice president for finance and employee services.

Columbus Council will hold a public hearing Tuesday morning about the proposed changes.

The Columbus Board of Water Commissioners, the policy-setting body of the Water Works, must approve the changes. Blount said he expects the board to vote at its December meeting.